March 22, 2014
Siena completed a three-game sweep of Niagara Saturday, winning a doubleheader on Long Island 3-2 and 10-5. The MAAC-opening series was moved to the campus of New York Tech due to unplayable field conditions in Loudonville.
The Saints (3-17, 3-0) lost their first 17 games this season against elite competition, but that experience benefited them greatly against a Niagara (6-15, 0-3) team that was coming off a doubleheader sweep of St. Bonaventure Tuesday.
Andres Ortiz singled home John Rooney in the first inning to get Siena off to a fast start. Joel Klock got Niagara on the board with an RBI single in the third, but Justin Esquerra and Ortiz singled in the bottom of the frame to set up a sacrifice fly by Brian Fay to make it 2-1 Siena.
Dan Swain's RBI double in the fifth put the Saints up 3-1, but Niagara got a run in the sixth on Taylor Hackett's RBI single to chase Lewicki. Fryer struck out Joel Brophy to get out of the inning, and then worked out of a second and third jam with one out in the seventh, striking out Klock and inducing a foul out by Michael Fuhrman.
Esquerra, Ortiz and Swain each had two of the Saints' eight hits. Niagara had seven hits and neither team committed an error.
Four batters were hit by a pitch, but that was nothing compared to the nightcap.
Siena rallied from a 5-2 deficit and put the game away with a five-run sixth in a 10-5 win.
There were 13 combined hit batters in the game, tying the most in a Division I game in NCAA history (Baylor vs. TCU 3/6/12 and William & Mary vs. James Madison 5/23/13).
Niagara scored five times in the fourth. Greg Rodgers tied the game with a two-run single, and Jordan Schwartz followed with a two-run triple that chased starter Bryan Goossens. Taylor Hackett's RBI single made it 5-2 Purple Eagles.
The Saints inched closer with a run in the fourth on Citro's RBI single, and a run in the fifth on Fay's RBI groundout.
Siena scored five times in the sixth thanks to four hit batters and a walk. Esquerra's infield single with the bases loaded was the Saints' only hit of the inning.
Fay provided an insurance run in the eight with a home run to right, accounting for the final 10-5 outcome.
Siena's bullpen went 5.1 innings without allowing a run. Kyano Cummings tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing four hits and striking out two and Matt Quintana worked a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.